Monday, January 25, 2010

What do the Sabres need to lift the Cup?


As a Buffalo Sabres fan I have seen my team accomplish everything short of the greatest feat- winning Lord Stanley's Cup. We have come close on several occasions but have fallen short.

Once again, this 2010 version of the Sabres is a good one. Easily a Top 5 team and possibly the best defensive team in the league, they should make a good run in the playoffs, maybe right to the finals.

Still, most of us who think we know hockey see something lacking with the Sabres again this year. They have a well-rounded, well-coached, highly disciplined club, but still lack that one or two players who gives them heart-driven intensity that is willing to put it all on the line to kiss the Cup. Local Buffalo sports writer Nick Mendola said it perfectly today:

"...let me tell you that I believe the Sabres need -- more than anything else -- another guy in the locker room who is going to put a proverbial knife to the throat of a player who isn't trying hard enough for silverware. I'm talking a guy who's playoff beard is actually made out of tiny piece of barbed-wire, and would block a shot with his actual, exposed beating heart if it meant his name appearing on Lord Stanley's Cup."

13 comments:

Woody Woodward said...

Tony, share with us your comments and wisdom on the Super Bowl teams.

Rick Calohan said...

They could move to Kansas City and you could be the "man" that Mendola speaks of. After all you are the Revenator and a master swordsmouse.

Brother Titus said...

Well, here's your chance to moonlight as a Sabre.

jeff said...

I will refrain from making any comments about the Sabres. My Mom always said, "If you can't say anything nice, keep your mouth shut."

Reepicheep said...

Very wise of you and your mother.

After all, you know why seagulls fly upside down in New Jersey, right?

Because they can't find anything worth crapping on.

:)

Brother Titus said...

Holy cow! I see pastor has his game face on. I guess he can talk trash with the best of them. But, is that a good thing?

Zach said...

I don't give a flying flip about hockey, but that quote by Nick Mendola is golden!

Reepicheep said...

Trash talk? Me? No way.

jeff said...

I think I might have to buy tickets to take my boys to see the Devils beat the unmentionable team from NY (is that still NY out there?) on April 11 at The Rock. By that time, the Devils will have secured their playoff spot and will undoubtedly be using minor-league players to beat the so-called "Sabres". More like "toothpicks" if you ask me...

;)

Perry said...

As the headline of this post reads: "What do the Sabres need to lift the Cup?" If it's only a coffee cup, all they need is a Keurig.

Reepicheep said...

Jeff, I heard NJ has had recent outbreak of H1N1. Then I heard health officials are debating whether nausea, headaches, and diarrhea aren't just symptoms of living in New Jersey.

:)

Brother Titus said...

That Mendola quote explains why the hockey players of old all had three teeth or less apiece in their heads.

Zach said...

You know, Wanda Sykes says that the Garden State is so toxic that they should incorporate mammogram machines into the toll booths.